Pedal Driven, A Bike-umentary

Sep 1, 2010 at 14:25
by Eric Behn  
When the directer of photography from Howell at the Moon was invited out by some local trail riders to film mountain biking, he had no idea what they were getting into. He could go along to film, but only if they kept the locations secret. Later him and the rest of the crew learned that not only were the trails secret, but they were illegal; they had a story.

Pedal Driven is a non-profit documentary based in the forests Leavenworth, Washington and other locations throughout Washington and the United States that tells the story of both trail riders and environmentalists through unbiased eyes. Join the crew as they follow both sides of the story to show us how trail building in some parts of the world really works. The film also shows us the success stories which have come out of the dispute and how the two sides have come together to make compromises.

This isn't a normal bike film, Pedal Driven is a film that puts the variables into the equation and shows us the behind scene work of our trail builders and the authorities.

Here's what Jeff Ostenson has to say about why the film being non-profit is beneficiary to the bike community:

"As a non-profit project, our mode is to raise the money through donations and grants to fund the film. The cool part is that once it's done, all the proceeds will go toward land stewardship and trail projects. The tough part is raising the money. To date we've raised about $100k of the $175k budget. If we can raise the rest of the money, we can likely finish the film in about 2 months."

Help to finish the film and give back to the bike community by donation here!

Here is Pedal Driven's extended trailer:

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Along with filming mountain biking, the crew has traveled to various locations to document how different groups are dealing with the tough laws against trail building. The crew stopped at the urban mountain bike park called I-5 Colonnade, built under the I-5 in the Seattle area of Washington to film a segment.

Filming on scene for Pedal Driven
Filming on scene for Pedal Driven

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Pedal Driven isn't a film with big name riders, instead they worked with local trail riders to keep the film authentic. Here's a sneak peak of the Duthie Hill Bike Park segment with some local riders.

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Pedal Driven has no set release date, but is planned to be done in the next few months depending on when enough funding comes in. Keep your eyes open for more news about the film!

Pedal Driven is a non-profit film and needs support to make things happen, you can make a donation to the project here.

For the latest news, or to read more about the film check out the Pedal Driven website.

For more photos and videos check out Howell at the Moon on Pinkbike.

And to check out other projects by Howell at the Moon, check out their website.


  • 20 0
 I really like the way this film is going, it's actively and legally advocating for us the struggles we go through to build and keep just about anything to ride. I think a film is a good step, even if it takes a while to get off the ground, but shown to the right people and if it gains enough notoriety we might be able to score some inner city dirt jump parks or trail networks even. $100 sent.
  • 4 0
 this needs to be video of the day so people can be more aware of what is going on
  • 2 0
 Mate honestly one of the best movies I have seen! So true and different from normal trail advocacy awesome punch and good luck for the rest of the docco!
  • 10 0
 For an information vid,that was VOD.We have nothing like that type of mentality in this country,sure we have 1000's upon 1000's of miles of trails,and 1000's of people with that type of mentality,but it's not enough on a supposed recession riddled island like ours.
I'd like to say better things about the state of our trail network,and it's expansion,but the truth of the matter is,local authorities all over our country are being told to make spending cuts wherever possible,we've only had a new government for a few month,and the cuts are being made left,right & centre,up & down the country.Renovations of schools that have had the go ahead for,and were actually under way with,have had the plug pulled.I'm sure theirs plenty of more Brits on P.B who know what i'm talking about.
If a school has lost it's funding,where do ya reckon trail centres will be on local authorites/government agendas.Ha.It wont even be on the agenda.
I suppose we'll have to be happy with what we've got already,which is quite a lot actually,but they need upkeep,so i just wish our country had the same sort of attitude towards trails as you lot have over in the land of the free.
Gary.Really Mad Madder Evil
  • 4 0
 "If a school has lost it's funding,where do ya reckon trail centres will be on local authorites/government agendas."

Completely agree with you Gary.
  • 6 0
 Its not just the funding as i know loads of people who are willing to volunteer to build trails, they just generally dont like mountain bikers! they let horses wonder and ride yet stop mountain bikers... forestry commision needs to loosen up and let us work with them rather than tell us to ride on brydal paths and fire roads... that isnt mountain bikeing!!! sorry for the rant but its so fustrating living next to a huge forest with so much potentian and not being able to use it...
  • 3 1
 Puddletown by any chance? I know it sucks. No mountain bikers but they let f*cking pikey scum live there. It's f*cking bollocks.
  • 3 0
 Luke, not quite sure its the same in your area of the world compared with where Gary might be, you might want to check out the following report.
In this case its not really about the National Government, they've never really been a big contributor to MTB in as far as national schemes. However the regeneration of the mining commutities of South and North Wales, well the European Commision for Re-Dev seem to love pouring money into MTBing.
Can't wait to see what the downhill venue at Blaneau Ffestiniog (sorry if thats spelt wrong) is going to look like, they (the people concerned) have already applied for planning consent.
The welsh can't really say they're short of DH venues either - Gethin, Wentwood, Rheola, Cwmcarn, Mountain Ash, Llantrisant, Foel Gasnach, Llangollen, Moelfre Hall, Caersws, Bala I guess there are even more, especially when you include all the Pearce cycles venues on the border. -Just playing Devils Advocate I guess!
  • 2 3
 thegringo...dude look around and move to where the action is, and to where the freedom is. Think global !!!
  • 1 0
 I just agreed with the quote from gary, how if money is being taken out of schools, then the same may happen to trail centres, however you are right money is being pumped into Wales atm, and places are being built up, unfortunately i live in south west wales right on the coast in the corner, and it takes a good few hours to get to any of the places you mentioned. However, where ever you live you will allways have to travel to get a fun decent ride Big Grin
  • 2 0
 i live right next to a park with a shed load of potential for mtb trails, dirt jump spots, red trail, blue trail potential. the park has ranger people who go around looking after the park. but when they see mountain bikers around its like we're not welcome. we tried making some trails in a quiet place, they got found out and were taken down, why? they wernt doing any harm, we hant chopped trees down to make them. a few emails later i still didnt know why! it seems like the people who have the power dont understand mtb'ers. yet they dont grasp the idea that it keeps lads busy, better than wondering around the streets aimlessly. just look at bmx tracks, there pretty much accessible to everyone nowadays, they attract loads of kids and blokes alike on a weekend afternoon, get them into a sport, away from trouble. everyones a winner. we need this to happen for mountainbiking.
  • 2 0
 It's the same story where i live olidh m8,anyone on pinkbike who lives near Eston Hills in the North East,will agree that there is untold amounts of potential up there for a Slopestyle or FR style trail network,don't get me wrong,it's full of trails and has been for years,but they just cater for XC or All mountain riding at best.
It's only a hill range but theres more than enough room for a Slopestyle course,years ago in the late 80's early 90's the local council/government put a plastic ski slope up there,what no one wanted it went more or less unused for it's short life,absolutley stupid project,but the land were it was could easily be turned into something interesting,cos the town where i live is full of kids,teens and adults who have the right type of bikes but no where to go,the chances are some of them kids could end up turning to crime simply cos they live in an area were they can't use there bikes to there potential.They would be more than enough people who would volunteer if they had the go ahead on a nice piece of land on the hill.
Gary.2 cents
  • 7 0
 We have loads of people (mainly younger) who build trails. They are happy to build trails, it is just a shame the FC are not happy for people to build trails.
The older generation in the main do not build trails, they expect everything to be built for them by someone who is paid to do it (at least up here in the main).
It is a real shame the FC are not allowed/willing to co-operate with the youth of today. Forcing the majority to the playstation/x-box lazy ways. A lost generation is on the way. Kids are no longer kids, they all want to be mini-adults as they are just not allowed to play in the way that we did, we are so obsessed with health and safety that we miss the fundamental of Health and fun in pursuit of safety.
Lucky for me, we build and ride all the time :o)
  • 1 0
 Wicked comment.
  • 2 0
 I'll put my tuppence worth in...
Stainburn in north/west yorks is great, guys that build it are awesome, but they are properly muzzled by the forrestry in what they can build. High ladder bridges which people invariably ride and hurt themselves are fine, but gap jumps which imo are way safer are not. Frown
  • 3 0
 Screw the FC when you can do this (sharing some info for the Brits):
The descents around Torridon are sick, hidden in those clouds are ace trails.
The single track marked in the middle of the map below is sooooo good.
Rougher and harder than Fort Bill by a few times.
There is even a nice lady and her husband that own a coffee house (well it is their house), at the train station at the bottom of the hill.... if Carlsberg made trails....
  • 1 0
 Betsie, man you are fortunate to live where you do if you Live in Torridon, Never got that far up North in Scotland, furthest I've been was Balnain bike park, which was alright. Would love to get up to the real North in the Highlands someday. Once the mortgage is paid off I might move there!
  • 1 0
 I live around 2 hours drive from Torridon, East of Inverness.
We have loads of trails around here too, nothing too high (except Ben Rinnes), but it is well worth the trip to Torridon.
I applied and nearly got funding (pulled by London) to build a full Dh trail at Balnain, just south of the trails there, there is a hidden Dh track at Balnain also, which I have never ridden but heard it was gnarly. End of the track was down the quarry wall on your right as you goto the skills/box area. Sucks that I never got to build the trail, was hoping to have it as a full race track, uplift was already in place, just permission from the FC was required (as I said to them, Dh trails don't tend to need much funding).
  • 4 0
 Oh man!! Some things will never be legal because nobody in their right mind would allow such shennanigans that we love and want to get into. IMBA is great for most of the sport, but if you want a steep trail- fuggedaboudit!! Too much erosion. HUGE jumps- a liability. Woodwork- unsustainable. That's what makes illegal and secret FR trails sooooo good!! You can devise an amazing series of moves, build them, and ride them!! Mostly the trails fall on DNR and private logging land. That's right- it's either a tree farm that's harvested every 30 years (but the gate is closed at the bottom and you're not allowed to enjoy it) or a government run gig that is only concerned with $$$$$. That's the only way I see the viability of some FR trails. If it's profitable. That is a sad state of affairs.
  • 2 0
 I agree with the this statement "Some things will never be legal because nobody in their right mind would allow such shennanigans that we love and want to get into. IMBA is great for most of the sport, but if you want a steep trail- fuggedaboudit!! Too much erosion. HUGE jumps- a liability. Woodwork- unsustainable." Vermont faces this all the time! I want to build awesome trails, but there is no room here for "those types of things". Oddly enough, our state is shown on the Video map, and we are growing immensely and there isn't enough to bring all riders here! I want to bring more riders to my home town, and so far, with the little park we have designed, the riders have increased 100 percent! Kids from all over our small state come down to check out trails and jumps... How do I get funding to build a good park for all riders and get the State to allow us to build the killer freeride/flowy trails?
  • 1 2
 IMBA = dumb it down to the max and look cool digging a bit of something here and there and putting a log in place while being photographed for the local media, raising donations, being paid for the work you do, closing steep/black trails, and being extremely politically correct.
  • 1 0
 Hahaha, you got a point there. IMB did come to my home town to see the Perry Hill Trails. Great Network, but they have to come back when we are done. Do you suppose they will donate money of hands to help us design things better?
  • 6 0
 Amazing Story!! I think this is an awesome idea! Please continue to push the sport!! RideOn!!!
  • 5 0
 I think this should be VOD, as it has such meaning when it comes to riding. I think that finally people are beginning to understand that riding a bike in a forest is fun! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Mary bean your a old hag of a bitch whos loney and the only thing you have going on in your life is bitch a some freeriders 2 foot wide trail. there trying to ride a bike at leased there not out smoaking meth or some shit there just having fun on there bike and you mary bean are going to try to take that away so to you i say "f*ck You".
  • 2 0
 this sounds like a great film. where i live there really isnt many places to build and when we do we build for a month ride for two weeks and then its torn down. ive been written tickets and even been put in the back of a cop car for building on private or government land. it sucks because no matter how you tell your story to them they just look at it as being illegal and that your some punk kid looking to start trouble. ive actually had a park ranger follow me back to my house after building a trail and then call the cops to my house. hopefully this documentary will open peoples eyes and help riders everywhere with trail building.
  • 2 0
 The only thing that kinda caught my mind was.. why not start ride centers all over the world.. there are alot more riders then just in the US.. so i figure this should become global not just national.. I bet you there are people through out the wprld that have never heard pf whistler, sunpeaks, bend or Moab..
  • 1 0
 We just filmed, photo'ed and wrote a piece about biking in three resource-economy based towns in North Central BC where the government has put millions of dollars into trail networks. These towns have been hit hard by the collapse of the logging industry. While mountain-biking may not save all the jobs lost it might help bring in some tourist dollars. The point of my comment is to not brag about what these towns have done. Rather, it's to point out how incredible lucky we have it in Canada. Inspirational movie - especially wrt to Duthie. I remember how poor the biking options in Seattle were in the early 2000s
  • 5 0
 stoked to see some local news making it big
  • 3 0
 Looks like a great documentary. I was hooked on just the preview! To see local trails featured and tell the story from all sides is RAD.
  • 1 0
 I love that collonade idea,i've seen loads of vids about it,and it blows my mind every time,what a place.There's a couple of unused Victorian train tunnels in this country that have been turned into skateparks,but nothing like this collonade place,i proper love it,pumptracks,ladders,dirtjumps the lot.It caters for everyone,and all under what loox like a massive interstate.Proper mint,keep up the good work lads.
  • 2 0
 like that guy above me said this is amazing to see a local story go on a big sight like this, i hope this progresses our trail system
  • 1 0
 in my country moutainbiking is accualy a crime and you get a ticket like for driving too fast Frown but the film shows the way to go Smile
  • 1 0
 Are you serious Saso? And i thought we had it pretty bad.Cry
  • 1 0
 yep the people hait us more than those qad and mx bastards that rip in the woods and destroy my trails...
  • 1 0
 Un-fcuking-believable m8.
Gary.Madder Really Mad
  • 1 0
 yeah too bad they cant doo shi* if you build on private land Razz
  • 1 0
 I hear ya Saso m8.
  • 2 0
 This is awesome. We need to inspire the younger riders in our community to be about trail advocacy. I hope this does well.
  • 6 5
 if you get this to happen in england the rest of the world will follow as usual Smile
  • 2 0
 "Do you have a tool by any chance?" Nicely done Mr. Knight.
  • 3 0
 great project
  • 1 0
 In case anybody wanted to see an old trailer for it, look here.
  • 2 0
 Nice write up!
  • 2 0
 whats the song?
  • 1 0
 Song is "Former Flame" performed by Ghost Power
  • 1 0
 the duthie hill segment was filled with pure steeze.
  • 1 0
 they forgot to mention we give doctors alot of business
  • 1 0
 hope thay can pass the message : P
  • 1 0
 In the Duthie Hill segment, what trail were they riding at 0:42 seconds?
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 go mountain biking!
  • 2 1
 yes, VOD indeed.
  • 3 0
 you've got part of a good idea going. Our local parks and rec in the burb have been very open to trails the past few years. Just recently I started conversation about turning an empty lot near suburban soccer field central into a pump&jump track and atleast they are very curious. The reality was to be able to convince them that other than soccer fields and jungle gyms (which are all outgrown by the time the kids are 11-12)the parks are empty and older school kids have nothing different to do (even a small skatepark would be cool!). I guess luck and planning have a lot to do with it and if your local officials are remotely open minded. You really have to know who that one person is who "gets it" and start from there. Great film. It really would be a great tool for planners, trail & city, to have.

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